Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big difference. We think that’s the case with the following improvements we made to the Ubuntu One files management web interface:
Stop syncing folders. Do you have a folder you selected to sync with Ubuntu One but don’t want to anymore? Click the “More” link next to the folder and then click the new “Stop syncing this folder” link. Your folder will no longer sync with Ubuntu One while leaving the folder untouched on your computers.
Upload and publish files. Publishing files with Ubuntu One is a nice feature. Even nicer is being able to upload and publish a file at the same time. No more uploading, finding the uploaded file, clicking the “More” link, clicking the “Publish” link, then clicking the “More” link again, and…you get the idea. We made this much simpler. Now you click the “Upload file” link to select your file and tick to publish it all in one go.
Along with adding the ability to upload and publish in one step, we made uploading files better. After you’ve successfully uploaded a file, you’ll be taken to that file in the list with the details expanded. That way you don’t have to hunt for the file you just uploaded.
Stop receiving a share. If you no longer want to receive files from a folder someone shared with you, click on the “More” link and then click “Delete this share”. The folder and its files will still be on your computers but you won’t receive any new files.
These small improvements are the first of several more that are part of an overhaul of the entire web UI for files, notes, contacts, and bookmarks (yes, bookmarks). More on the overhaul later.